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Hopkins hits out at Portcullis leaks

Hopkins Architects has denied responsibility for the latest problems to hit Portcullis House, instead pointing the finger at shoddy workmanship.

According to reports, the courtyard roof of the £234 million parliamentary building in Westminster has begun 'leaking like a sieve'. However, Hopkins is denying all blame.

A spokesman said: 'This is the first time we have perceived there are any problems and in our opinion the leaks are an issue of workmanship, not architecture. This is not an architectural issue but we are helping Portcullis House to resolve them.' Constructed by Laing, now Laing O'Rourke, the building opened in 2000 and houses the offices of more than 200 MPs and 400 support staff.

But the project has been plagued by difficulties from the outset. Within a year of it opening, the building was found to have almost 7,500 individual defects and a National Audit Office report released in April 2002 revealed the scheme had cost £41 million more than originally estimated.

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